Dawgs travel to UK for critical SEC contest

ATHENS - Georgia travels to Kentucky for its mid-week matchup on Wednesday. The Bulldogs arrive at this game with a 14-9 overall record, 4-6 in the SEC, having lost 83-78 last Saturday at home to 11th-rated Tennessee.

The loss ended Georgia's modest 2-game win streak, its longest in league play since 2004. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs have already doubled last year's SEC win total and are six games better that their 2005 overall victory count.

• Wednesday's game represents the rematch of these two teams' Jan. 17 meeting in Athens, a contest won by Kentucky, 69-55. The Bulldogs are an even 3-3 since that game, and a pair of new starters have since emerged: freshman guard Mike Mercer and sophomore Younes Idrissi at forward.

• In order for the Bulldogs to sustain their candidacy for a post-season bid of any kind, they desperately need to start posting so-called "quality wins." Georgia has just four wins against teams with RPIs currently higher than its own. And of the six games left in the regular season, five such opportunities remain: tonight, Vandy, South Carolina, at Florida and at home vs. Arkansas.

In addition, the Dogs are also 0-3 in their only games against the Top 25 (Nevada, Florida and Tennessee).

Georgia - Kentucky Series

• Tonight's game is the 127th all-time meeting between these two schools. Kentucky leads the overall series, which started in 1921, by a 105-21 count. This record does not exclude a pair of Georgia wins in 2002 which were later vacated because of NCAA sanctions.

• Though Georgia has won just 21 times in this series, four of them have come in the past four seasons.

• For anyone who has lived the past nine years in a cave, UK coach Tubby Smith coached two Georgia teams (1996-97) to a combined 45-19 record and consecutive NCAA Tournament berths before leaving for Lexington. His eldest son, G.G. Smith, played four years at UGA and ranks 3rd on the schools' career assists list with 440.

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